Nehemiah 4:13
New International Version
Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows.

New Living Translation
So I placed armed guards behind the lowest parts of the wall in the exposed areas. I stationed the people to stand guard by families, armed with swords, spears, and bows.

English Standard Version
So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Berean Standard Bible
So I stationed men behind the lowest sections of the wall, at the vulnerable areas. I stationed them by families with their swords, spears, and bows.

King James Bible
Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

New King James Version
Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

New American Standard Bible
then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the exposed places, and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears, and bows.

NASB 1995
then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the exposed places, and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows.

NASB 1977
then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the exposed places, and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears, and bows.

Amplified Bible
So I stationed armed men behind the wall in the lowest places, at the open positions [where it was least protected]; and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears, and bows.

Christian Standard Bible
So I stationed people behind the lowest sections of the wall, at the vulnerable areas. I stationed them by families with their swords, spears, and bows.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I stationed people behind the lowest sections of the wall, at the vulnerable areas. I stationed them by families with their swords, spears, and bows.

American Standard Version
Therefore set I in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places, I set there the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they came and they stood from behind the wall to fight with you with their arrows, and they divided the army to the families with their swords and spears and bows.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
So I set men in the lowest part of the place behind the wall in the lurking-places, I even set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Contemporary English Version
and so I sent people to guard the wall at its lowest places and where there were still holes in it. I placed them according to families, and they stood guard with swords and spears and with bows and arrows.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I set the people in the place behind the wall round about in order, with their swords, and spears, and bows.

Good News Translation
So I armed the people with swords, spears, and bows, and stationed them by clans behind the wall, wherever it was still unfinished.

International Standard Version
So I stationed the people by families behind the wall in the lower exposed areas, equipping them with their swords, spears, and bows.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore set I in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Literal Standard Version
And I appoint at the lowest of the places, at the back of the wall, in the clear places, indeed, I appoint the people, by their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

New American Bible
I stationed guards down below, behind the wall, near the exposed points, assigning them by family groups with their swords, spears, and bows.

NET Bible
So I stationed people at the lower places behind the wall in the exposed places. I stationed the people by families, with their swords, spears, and bows.

New Revised Standard Version
So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore set I in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places, I set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

World English Bible
Therefore set I in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in the open places, I set [there] the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Young's Literal Translation
And I appoint at the lowest of the places, at the back of the wall, in the clear places, yea, I appoint the people, by their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Discouragement Overcome
12At that time the Jews who lived nearby came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.” 13So I stationed men behind the lowest sections of the wall, at the vulnerable areas. I stationed them by families with their swords, spears, and bows. 14After I had made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”…

Cross References
Nehemiah 4:12
At that time the Jews who lived nearby came and told us ten times over, "Wherever you turn, they will attack us."

Nehemiah 4:17
who were rebuilding the wall. The laborers who carried materials worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other.

Nehemiah 4:18
And each of the builders worked with his sword strapped at his side. But the trumpeter stayed beside me.


Treasury of Scripture

Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

Therefore

Genesis 32:13-20
And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother; …

2 Chronicles 32:2-8
And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, …

Psalm 112:5
A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

in the lower places.

Nehemiah 4:17,18
They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon…

Song of Solomon 3:7,8
Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel…

Ephesians 6:11-20
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…











(13) After their families.--In allusion to the ambushes of Nehemiah 4:11, Nehemiah set families together--besides the appointed guards--" in the lower places," where the wall was not raised to the due height, that is, really, "on the higher places," or rather, the bare places, whence enemies might be better seen. The "lower" were the "bare" places.

Verse 13. - Then set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places. There is no and m the original. Nehemiah means that in the less elevated places, where the wall was least strong by nature, he had his men posted on conspicuous spots within the walls, where they could be seen from a distance, and so deterred the enemy from advancing. He drew them up after their families, that each man might feel he was fighting for his brethren, sons, etc. (ver. 14).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So I stationed [men]
וָֽאַעֲמִ֞יד (wā·’a·‘ă·mîḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

behind
מֵאַחֲרֵ֥י (mê·’a·ḥă·rê)
Preposition-m
Strong's 310: The hind or following part

the lowest
מִֽתַּחְתִּיּ֧וֹת (mit·taḥ·tî·yō·wṯ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 8482: Lowermost, the depths

sections
לַמָּק֛וֹם (lam·mā·qō·wm)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition

of the wall,
לַחוֹמָ֖ה (la·ḥō·w·māh)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2346: A wall of protection

at the vulnerable areas.
בַּצְּחִיחִ֑ים (baṣ·ṣə·ḥî·ḥîm)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6708: Bare spot, in the glaring sun

I stationed
וָֽאַעֲמִ֤יד (wā·’a·‘ă·mîḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

them
הָעָם֙ (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

by families
לְמִשְׁפָּח֔וֹת (lə·miš·pā·ḥō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4940: A family, circle of relatives, a class, a species, sort, a tribe, people

with
עִם־ (‘im-)
Preposition
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

their swords,
חַרְבֹתֵיהֶ֛ם (ḥar·ḇō·ṯê·hem)
Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

spears,
רָמְחֵיהֶ֖ם (rā·mə·ḥê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 7420: A lance, the iron point

and bows.
וְקַשְּׁתֹתֵיהֶֽם׃ (wə·qaš·šə·ṯō·ṯê·hem)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 7198: A bow, for, shooting, the iris


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